Author: Khadija Tachfine

Exciting news for Morocco’s tourism industry! A recent report from Tourism Review News highlighted a surge in hotel investments in the country, with expectations for continued growth in the lead-up to the 2030 FIFA World Cup. In 2023 alone, Morocco welcomed 135 new hotels, totaling a massive $780 million investment. Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, the country managed to double its classified hotel capacity from 64,400 rooms in 2012 to 121,000 by 2022. Looking ahead, analysts predict a significant spike in hotel investments, driven by upcoming events like the 2030 World Cup and the 2025 African Nations Cup. The…

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King Mohammed VI’s 25-Year Reign: A Legacy of Stability and Progress As Morocco approaches the 25th anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne, the Spanish Institute of Governance and Applied Economics, Coordenadas, has issued a report praising the country’s achievements under his rule. Titled ‘A Morocco in the Developed World,’ the report commends the King for maintaining stability during tumultuous times, such as the Arab Spring, and for implementing constitutional reforms that have empowered elected representatives. The report also acknowledges the King’s efforts to modernize public administration, navigate political challenges, and address Europe’s economic priorities, positioning Morocco as…

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Recent reports from Sofrep, a military affairs platform, reveal Morocco’s $227 million deal with Lockheed Martin for ATACMS tactical missiles represents a shift away from Chinese-made weaponry, potentially reshaping regional military dynamics. The contract, announced on July 2, marks a significant departure from Morocco’s historical preference for Chinese missiles, as the Pentagon aims to bolster alliances in North Africa and Eastern Europe. While specifics of the missile quantity remain undisclosed, the guided ATACMS missiles are set to be delivered by 2028. This acquisition follows Morocco’s approval to acquire HIMARS rocket systems last year. Despite previous Chinese missile acquisitions, Morocco’s interest…

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Recently, there have been troubling reports of Moroccan nationals being imprisoned in Libya under harsh conditions and with long sentences. While the Libyan government denies the presence of any Moroccan prisoners in areas under its control in the east, there are concerns about Moroccans held in irregular prisons by entities not recognized by the Libyan state. Despite the Libyan government’s assurance that Moroccan citizens are welcome to work and reside in the country, there are still worries about the wellbeing of Moroccan inmates facing challenging situations in Libyan prisons. Mohamed Hassan Watiq, from the Libyan-Moroccan Friendship Association, has emphasized the…

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Spanish Authorities Issue Thousands of Expulsion Orders to Moroccan Immigrants Spanish authorities have recently cracked down on Moroccan immigrants who have violated the country’s laws on rights and freedoms, issuing a total of 5,859 expulsion orders. However, a shocking revelation shows that only 27% of these orders have been executed, with just 1,612 deportations carried out. Despite a decrease in deportation orders from 2022 to 2023, a new wave of expulsion measures has seen 707 individuals facing deportation in 2024. The government has defended the low execution rate, citing the lengthy immigration procedures that can delay deportations to the following…

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Exciting news in the health sector as Government spokesperson Mustapha Baitas announced an upcoming meeting between Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb and sector unions. During the press briefing, Baitas highlighted the government’s reform plan for the health sector, emphasizing on four key pillars. The first pillar focuses on governance, with recent decrees approved by the government council. The second pillar addresses human resources, with significant reforms such as increasing doctors’ salaries through the adoption of reference index 509. The third pillar targets healthcare delivery, aiming to improve access to local hospitals. The fourth pillar, digitization, aims to simplify appointment scheduling…

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Recently, 24 young Moroccans embarked on a controversial visit to Israel organized by the “Morocco of Coexistence” association, sparking heated debates on social media. This visit, supported by the Tel Aviv-based “Sharaka” foundation and funded by the German government, included meetings with Israeli officials amid the ongoing Gaza war, prompting calls for ending normalization and cutting ties with Israel from within Morocco. Despite facing criticism for participating in Israeli events and expressing solidarity, the organizers defended the visit as a way to contribute to Moroccan-Israeli relations. Faiçal Marjani, the president of the “Morocco of Coexistence” association, emphasized that the visit…

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The Heroic Rescue of Moroccan Victims from Call Center Gangs in Myanmar Twelve Moroccans, initially promised casino jobs in Myanmar, were instead lured into working for call-center gangs near the border. Fortunately, Thai authorities came to their rescue on Friday, July 5, securing their safe passage through the Tak border checkpoint. A joint effort between the Royal Thai Army (RTA) and the Embassy of Morocco led to the successful operation. Thai MP Rangsiman Rome, in collaboration with local NGOs and humanitarian groups, helped identify the victims, assess their conditions, and negotiate their release from the scamming casino owner. Interviews with…

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The Director of the Spanish Department of National Security (DSN), General Loreto Gutiérrez Hurtado, recently stated that Morocco is not currently seen as a threat to Spain, specifically regarding the territories of Ceuta and Melilla. This reassurance was provided during a breakfast briefing held by the Club Dialogues for Democracy. General Gutiérrez emphasized that Morocco is not included in Spain’s National Security Strategy and highlighted the importance of defending the State. Working groups are in place to address issues related to Ceuta and Melilla, as well as other autonomous regions, with no specific concerns currently identified. Additionally, General Hurtado flagged…

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The Moroccan Mediterranean coast is home to a vibrant population of bottlenose dolphins, bringing joy to many but also posing a serious challenge for local fishermen. These interactions often lead to economic losses and harm to the dolphins themselves. These encounters occur due to the dolphins preying on fish caught in fishing nets, resulting in both physical harm and reduced catch for fishermen. The situation is not unique to Morocco, as similar issues have been reported in other countries around the Mediterranean Sea. In the port city of Al Hoceima, purse-seine fishing is a major economic activity, supporting many jobs…

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